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Chicago Mafia: Dropped Cig Butts, Littering Could Trigger $1,500 Fines, Loss of Car

Ted Cox, DNAinfo:

CITY HALL — Fines for littering would greatly increase and litterbugs would face having their cars impounded if a new ordinance submitted by a South Side alderman is approved by the City Council.

Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) submitted the ordinance Wednesday to increase fines for littering to $1,500 and allow for police to impound vehicles trash has been tossed from. Brookins said litter is a problem in his community.

“We’re sick and tired of it,” Brookins said. “They’re throwing diapers, they’re throwing McDonald’s wrappers and all sorts of paper from fast food, condiments, outside the window. They are actually even throwing used condoms outside the window. It is bad, it is nasty, it’s a public health concern and it’s gotta stop.”

According to Brookins, the current fine for littering is $50 to $100. “I think it will absolutely be a deterrent,” he added.

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